When the London-based billionaire Viktor Prokopenya decided to stop his cryptocurrency exchange group Currency.com serving clients in Russia last week, he did not realize how quickly the backlash would arrive.
Within minutes of the announcement came a torrent of abuse and death threats from Russians to his call-center staff. Unpleasant but perhaps not unexpected, given its 500,000-strong band of customers in the country.
What happened next was more of a shock. Just hours after the move, which included a company statement condemning Russian “aggression” and “this terrible war”, Currency.com came under the biggest cyber attack the tech entrepreneur had seen.
Prokopenya, who originally hails from Belarus, is convinced it came from Russia. “You do not have to be a rocket scientist,” he said. “We’ve been attacked before,